Item 1 (Big Picture strand) â âWater protection from small polluting sourcesâ 30% of our rivers in Ireland are below an âacceptableâ environmental standard. What are the pressures on these rivers? Who contributes to this pollution? How much is the clean up of these rivers costing the tax payer? Weâll look at some of the small polluters in Ireland today. Weâll also suggest some best practice solutions to keeping our waterways clean. Item 2 (Big Picture strand) â âFood Production and Wasteâ In an epoch where 50% of our meals our consumed outside of the home, what are the environmental costs of food production and waste in Ireland? If we waste over 30% of our food and this is broken down to form toxic gasses such as methane, how can we act more responsibly? In this item, we will suggest best practice for food waste and production, empowering householders to make informed choices. Item 3 (Heritage protection and Natural Environment strand) â âEnvironmental state of Forests todayâ The National Forest Inventory unearths the composition of our forests in terms of tree species and Biodiversity sampling. Despite its minute stature, the unassuming Bark Beetle has left a trail of devastation across much of Canada and Europe. In this item, we examine the importance of our National Forest Inventory and how Irelandâs forestry service controls dangerous invasive species like the Bark Beetle.